Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt, (1906-1975) German-American political theorist, escaped Nazi Germany

Hannah Arendt Quote

“What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt
~ Hannah Arendt

On Revolution (1963), ch. 2.

Ratings and Comments

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The antithesis of righteousness.

A malady that is regnant, if not endemic, on this planet, which renders it a fearsome monument to the radical fallenness of Man.

E Archer, NYC

Love it! It is my personal belief and experience that INTEGRITY is the foundation of the sovereign life. The integrity of a group is harder to manage, and the bigger it gets, the more 'corrupt' it becomes, even with a 'majority' with high integrity.

ALL of my own personal failures can be attributed to some lack of integrity on my part; I could blame (and did), but once I stopped lying to myself it all became so clear.

Hypocrisy is insidious in nature. The lies we tell ourselves bind us and bind others. Freeing myself from such delusion and from creating more is the real Liberation. ;-)

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

E Archer, I honor you.

I greatly value your unfailingly exemplary commentaries. Thank you.


We hold this truth to be self evident.


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